Becoming an LPN in Indiana

Indiana promotes quality nursing by focusing on collaboration, education, information, and leadership. They strive to deliver the best patient care by maintaining a competent health workforce. To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state, one must either apply for licensure via exam or endorsement. The latest prediction for Indiana by the Bureau of Labor Statistic indicated a 13% increase in LPN jobs per year by 2024.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Indiana

    Indiana has many options if you're considering becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state. Community colleges, vocational schools, and private career schools in cities like Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Bloomington-across the entire state you can a variety of options. Currently Indiana has about 20 LPN schools offering state-approved curriculum-we've reviewing NCLEX-PN pass-rates for them all, tabulating a list of the top 10.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

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    Ivy Tech - Fort Wayne

    3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805 - (260) 482-9171 - Visit Homepage

    Ivy Tech Community College-Northwest is located in Fort Wayne and is part of part of the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, with many other campuses across the state. Ivy Tech serves the state's workforce development, offering affordable programs and training designed to serve the community.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Fort Wayne
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    Ivy Tech - Terre Haute

    8000 South Education Drive, Terre Haute, IN 47802 - (812) 299-1121 - Visit Homepage

    Ivy Tech Community College--Terra Haute is part of part of the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, with many other campuses across the state. Ivy Tech offers students range of associate degree and transfer programs, as well as career certification programs and workforce development programs.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Terre Haute
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    Ivy Tech - Greencastle

    915 South Zinc Mill Road, Greencastle, IN 46135 - (765) 653-7410 - Visit Homepage

    Ivy Tech Community College--Greencastle is part of part of the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, with many other campuses across the state. Ivy Tech is the state's most affordable college, allowing students to various degrees, as well as transfer courses, career certification, professional development, and other programs for life-long learning.

    Overall Score: 100.00
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    Ivy Tech - Lafayette

    3101 S Creasy Ln, Lafayette, IN 47905 - (888) 489-5463 - Visit Homepage

    Ivy Tech Community College--Lafayette is part of part of the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, with many other campuses across the state. Ivy Tech offers affordable degree programs and training aligned with the community's needs, as well as courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and workforce development for occupational advancement.

    Overall Score: 99.77 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Lafayette
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    Ivy Tech - Sellersburg

    Ivy Tech - Sellersburg, Sellersburg, IN 47172 - (812) 246-3301 - Visit Homepage

    Ivy Tech Community College--Sellersburg is part of part of the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, with many other campuses across the state. Ivy Tech prepares residents to live, learn, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment by providing students with professional, technical, transfer, and life-long learning educational options.

    Overall Score: 99.54 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Sellersburg
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    Ivy Tech - Indianapolis

    50 W Fall Creek Pkwy. N. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208 - (888) 489-5463 - Visit Homepage

    Ivy Tech Community College--Indianapolis is part of part of the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, with many other campuses across the state. Ivy Tech prepares residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse environment by providing professional, technical, and transfer education for life-long learning.

    Overall Score: 99.34 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Indianapolis
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    Ivy Tech - Valparaiso

    3100 Ivy Tech Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383 - (219) 464-8514 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 99.26
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    Ivy Tech - Gary

    1440 East 35th Avenue, Gary, IN 46409 - (219) 879-9137 - Visit Homepage

    Ivy Tech Community College--Gary is part of part of the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana, with many other campuses across the state. Ivy Tech offers a range of associate degree programs and transfer programs, as well as career certification options and allows students the opportunities to advance professionally by attending workforce development programs.

    Overall Score: 99.26 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Gary
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    Ivy Tech - Bloomington

    200 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN 47404 - (812) 332-1559 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 99.17 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Bloomington
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    Ivy Tech - South Bend

    220 Dean Johnson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601 - (574) 830-0375 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 98.68 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - South Bend

    Continued List of All Programs in Indiana

    RankedProgramScoreDetails
    #11 Ivy Tech - Anderson
    104 West 53rd Street, Anderson, IN 46013
    (765) 643-7133 Visit Homepage
    98.40Request Information
    #12 Ivy Tech - Richmond
    2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond, IN 47374
    (765) 966-2656 Visit Homepage
    97.58Request Information
    #13 Ivy Tech - Columbus
    4475 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN 47203
    (800) 922-4838 Visit Homepage
    96.95Request Information
    #14 Ivy Tech - Kokomo
    1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, IN 46901
    (800) 459-0561 Visit Homepage
    96.82Request Information
    #15 Ivy Tech - Muncie
    4301 S Cowan Rd,, Muncie, IN 47302
    (888) 489-5463 Visit Homepage
    96.60Request Information
    #16 Vincennes University - Jasper
    850 College Ave, Jasper, IN 47546
    (812) 482-3030 Visit Homepage
    96.32Request Information
    #17 Vincennes University
    1002 N 1st St, Vincennes, IN 47591
    (800) 742-9198 Visit Homepage
    89.32Request Information
    #18 Med Tech - Fort Wayne
    7230 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
    (260) 436-3272 Visit Homepage
    88.45Request Information
    #19 Med Tech - Greenwood
    1500 American Way, Greenwood, IN 46143
    (317) 534-0322 Visit Homepage
    83.34Request Information
    #20 Brown Mackie College South Bend
    3454 Douglas Road, South Bend, IN 46635
    (574) 237-0774 Visit Homepage
    81.69Request Information
    #21 Med Tech - Indianapolis
    6612 East 75th Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46250
    (317) 845-0300 Visit Homepage
    75.61Request Information
    #22 Brown Mackie College Merrillville
    1000 E. 80th Place, Suite 205S, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (855) 988-5955 Visit Homepage
    62.56Request Information

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  • Indiana LPN Licensing Requirements

    The first step to becoming an LPN in the state of Indiana is to attend a state-approved nursing program. After coursework is complete, the graduate must then sit for and pass the required NCLEX exam.

    In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit and the proper application along with a certificate of Completion from their state-approved nursing program.

    Physical strength as well as endurance may be a factor in hiring in the state—physical abilities are not limited to lifting patients and machinery or standing and walking for extended periods of time.

    LPN's from other states can receive an Indiana license by endorsement. Along with the endorsement application, the applicant must also submit:

    • A professional headshot (passport-style photo) approximately 2 x 3 inches.
    • $50 application fee payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
    • Proof (verification) of license from another state.
    • Documentation from completed state-approved nursing program.
    • Criminal background check.

    Applicants from foreign countries must submit his or her official school transcripts--both high school or equivalent as well as any nursing program attended. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - http://www.cgfns.org/) must perform a full course-by-course review and evaluate the credentials.

    LPN Endorsement Application (http://www.in.gov/pla/2506.htm)

    Indiana LPN licenses expire October 31st every even year and do not require continued education for renewal. They do, however, require continued education if the license is allowed to expire 10 years or less—those would be required to submit proof of 24 hours of continued education. If the license has been expired more than 10 years, the Board will assess on a case-by-case basis.

    Additional IN Nursing Resources

    Indiana State Board of Nursing

    Professional Licensing Agency
    402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Phone: (317) 234-2043
    Fax: (317) 233-4236
    http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm

    1. Indiana State Nurses Association (http://www.indiananurses.org/)

  • LPN Salary: Indiana vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Indiana LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPN's in Indiana was $40,700. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Indiana (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=18&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 13% increase in LPN jobs in Indiana by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 700 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    Indiana Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information collected by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Indiana. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Indianapolis, Carmel, Anderson4,980$19.97$41,540
    Gary1,600$19.90$41,380
    Fort Wayne1,300$19.76$41,110
    Evansville940$20.25$42,120
    South Bend, Mishawaka680$19.75$41,090
    Terre Haute540$19.17$39,870
    Elkhart, Goshen370$19.42$40,390
    Lafayette, West Lafayette360$20.44$42,510
    Muncie350$19.72$41,010
    Bloomington340$18.50$38,470
    Columbus210$18.48$38,430
    Kokomo200$20.03$41,660
    Michigan City, La Porte140$18.47$38,410